Open Road has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Playmobil, an animated feature based on the popular toy brand. Frozen animator Lino DiSalvo will direct the pic, which is set to open January 18, 2019. Another Disney veteran, Blaise Hemingway, is writing the screenplay.
Developed in cooperation with Pathé France, it is produced by The Little Prince team of Aton Soumache, Dimitri Rassam, Alexis Vonarb along with Axel Von Maydell and Moritz Borman. Lionsgate and Wild Bunch are handling international sales.
Playmobil has produced more than 2.9 billion figurines in more than 100 countries – making it one of the world’s most successful toy brands.
DiSalvo will make his directorial debut on Playmobil after spending 17 years at Disney Animation, where he served as head of animation on Frozen, top-grossing animated film of all time. Di Salvo also worked as animation supervisor on Tangled and Bolt.
“The creative team behind Playmobil has crafted a wildly inventive, hilarious and heart-warming story that is certain to be exciting for the whole family,” Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg said. “We are thrilled to get to work – or should I say ‘play’? – with Lino and his team.”